July 2020 Lake Committee Update
SOLitude came out on May 27 and treated for blue-green algae (and will continue to do so as needed). As you may have noticed, the lake looks unusually green at this time, likely due to the Clean-Flo treatments for reducing muck. The enzymes that they applied to treat the lake are likely breaking down the muck and releasing nutrients into the water, causing the lake to be a little green. However, this is one of those cases of “taking one step backwards to take several steps forward” as the corresponding reduction in muck will be beneficial for the lake in the long run.
Sadly, the nutrient sponges we tested to reduce nutrients were not effective in our lake, so we will not continue with this option.
For the dredging engineering project that was started this year, we are performing some preliminary sediment sampling to gain insight into the quality of the sediment, and whether there are any contaminants that could make it difficult to dispose of.
The St. Anthony’s property which is adjacent to our community was recently purchased by New Garden Township. Please visit this
to get a really cool birds-eye view of the property and to make your voice heard as to how to improve the property. The St. Anthony’s property is upstream from the lake and does impact us.
Once again, the carp spawning was fairly uneventful as compared to several years ago. This is good news for lake quality and overall ecosystem diversity, but not so good news for carp fishing!
Bill reported that early in the season the lake chlorophyll was higher than in previous years. But the chlorophyll readings have stabilized in the last three weeks and now are in alignment with previous year’s levels. Michelle Duncan has agreed to take over the pH readings, so we are going to be able to measure the pH in the streams. This will help us to know if the high pH in the lake is coming in from the streams. We continue to work with Stroud Water Research and appreciate their partnership. Their interest is a direct result from the in-depth studies Bill Ward and his resident scientist team are doing on a consistent basis. Stroud has access to this data which helps them monitor the watershed.
Chuck Lage has spent a great deal of time on the boat inventory, but we still have six (6) boats in storage that we can’t identify. An email will go out to advise all residents that on July 1st all unidentified/unregistered boats stored on the lakefront will be removed and locked behind the clubhouse for one month. If not claimed by August 1st these boats will be put up for sale. Here is a description of the six unidentified boats stored on the lakefront.
Left Rack (If standing between the racks looking toward the lake, the rack on the left)
Green Pelican Canoe - Top Level Second to the right side
Tandem Blue/Gray Speckled Kayak - Bottom level - Left Side
Kayak Rack (If standing between the racks looking at the lake, the rack on the right that is shorter in length)
Green Saranac Old Town Canoe - Bottom Level - Middle
Green Saranac Old Town Canoe - Bottom Level - Right Side
Left Rack Closest to Road
Red/White Trailblazer 100 Kayak - Middle level - Right side
Aluminum Grumman Canoe with blue pinstripes - Bottom Level Middle
Red Coleman Explorer 166 Canoe - Bottom Level right side
If you are the owner of one of these boats, please contact The Clubhouse by July 31st!
New kayak racks are almost done. Please wait until you are contacted before placing any boats on the racks. The Lake Committee would like to re-arrange some boats to maximize capacity so you may be contacted and asked to relocate your boat. In addition, each storage location will be assigned a number which is mounted on the racks, so please keep your boat in the assigned location. Once the unidentified boats are resolved and some boats relocated, we will then contact those on the waiting list, in the order they were added, and assign them a spot on the racks. Please be courteous and wait to be contacted within the next few days.
And last but surely not least, PLEASE be mindful of your fishhooks! We are finding more and more lures and hooks along the shoreline which can very easily be stepped on by people and pets! Pick up your hooks and throw them in the trash if you don’t want them!
The next Lake Committee Meeting is scheduled for July 09, 2020 @ 6:30 PM. All are welcome.
mage by Kim Edborg